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Bette Midler Hates Trees


LIHUE, Hawaii — Entertainer Bette Midler is expected to be fined by the state for cutting down more than 230 trees around one of her properties on Kauai.
The staff of the Board of Land and Natural Resources is recommending $6,500 in fines for having the trees felled and for building a graded road without permits required for the land zoned for conservation use.
Max W. J. Graham, an attorney representing the singer and movie star, said she will pay the fines and will follow a replanting program.
Midler, who was born in Honolulu, didn’t realize permits were needed to remove the trees on a vacant 58,000-square-foot parcel of land on Kauai’s North Shore, Graham said.


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